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Lionel Messi is throwing Argentina off balance

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The World Cup is the culmination of a process. Teams have fought to be there. They are battle hardened and ready, clear about what they are trying to do.

The Copa America is the opposite. It is the start of a new process, kicking off a new cycle of competitive games. That is even more true about Brazil 2019. Qualification for the 2022 World Cup starts later than usual -- next March rather than this October. That has taken away some of the urgency of the current tournament -- seen most clearly in...

 By PA Sport

Colombia put Messi, Argentina in early Copa hole

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Roger Martinez scored an outstanding goal as Colombia beat Lionel Messi's Argentina 2-0 in a Copa America Group B opener on Saturday that burst into life after a sluggish start.

In a match that featured a plethora of stars such as Messi, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez, it was Martinez who put Colombia up with a booming strike in the 71st minute. 

The loss puts Argentina in an early hole at the tournament where they have finished runners-up in four the past five...